… but that’s the way we run this stupid state. So here are my recommendations, in case anyone cares.
Proposition 19–Marijuana Legalization Initiative
I’m inclined to vote yes, now that the proposition seems sure to lose, because I don’t want to reinforce the drug warriors. But someone needs to tell the people who call themselves “drug policy reformers” that we’re not going to vote for garbage propositions. So pick your poison. MAYBE.
Proposition 20–Congressional Redistricting Initiative:
This, and Proposition 27, are about whether to let the legislature continue to gerrymander its own districts and Congressional districts -mostly in the interest of incumbent protection – or let a supposedly “non-partisan” commission do it instead. There’s a case to be made for keeping some people like Henry Waxman and Howard Berman in Washington, but the the state government is now so dysfunctional I’m inclined to roll the dice. NO on both.
Proposition 21–Funding for State Parks Initiative:
$18 on your annual license-plate renewal for State parks. The Howard Jarvis clowns are against it, so I guess I’m for it. YES
Proposition 22–Local Taxpayer, Public Safety and Transportation Protection Act of 2010:
This further ties the hands of the legislature in its annual budget agony. I can’t see it. NO.
Proposition 23–California Jobs Initiative: Suspension of AB 32:
If you like global warming, vote Yes. Else, NO.
Proposition 24–Repeal Corporate Tax Loopholes Act:
This is about undoing some of the tax breaks corporations managed to lobby for as part of the last budget deal. The argument against is that they stole those loopholes fair and square, and it would be unethical for the voters to break the Gubernator’s pledge. Huh? I’m voting YES.
Proposition 25–Passing the Budget On Time Act:
This is the big one. Simple majority to pass the state budget. If it passes, there’s some vague hope the state won’t continue to circle the drain. Of course what we really need is simple-majority taxing authority, but half a loaf, and all that. Vote YES. Twice, if they’ll let you.
Proposition 26–Stop Hidden Taxes Initiative:
Another anti-majority, pro-bankruptcy measure. Vote NO.
Proposition 27–Financial Accountability in Redistricting Act
Again, NO. Let’s give the commission approach a try.